Secrets & Sins


By Bettye Griffin

Publisher : Bunderful Books

ABOUT Bettye Griffin

Bettye Griffin
Bettye Griffin writes novels about romance in the real world. Her first novel, At Long Last Love, was published in 1998. Bettye expanded to women's fiction with the publication of The People Next Door in 2005. In 2009, while still writing for a traditional publisher, Bettye launched Bunder More...



eBook only, published January 3, 2014.

This is contemporary women's fiction and does contain sex.

From the Author: Secrets & Sins contains several plot twists that I hope will come as a surprise to readers. I love getting reviews, but if you choose to write one, PLEASE be considerate of other readers who haven't read the book yet by not divulging these twists in the plot. Thank you so much! -- B.

In this sweeping, 115K-word novel, Bettye Griffin introduces readers to the Cheeks family of Zion, Illinois: Eldest daughter Faye, whose placid, orderly life is about to be disrupted in a way she never could have imagined...middle child and only son Scott, who brings new meaning to the phrase 'midlife crisis'...and youngest daughter Robin, who is divorced from but not exactly rid of her former spouse.

At the center of the story is their mother, Julia Scott Cheeks, who along with her devoted husband Melvin, has tried to keep two scandalous family secrets hidden and has been successful for 55 years...but when Robin mentions the name of the former classmate she has a romantic interest in, Julia fears that the events she has tried so hard and for so long to keep her children from knowing are in danger of being exposed...

Amazon readers say:

"Awesome novel that trancends time!"

"Everything about this novel and the character depictions were just riveting. The seamless transition between the past and the present made the pages and stories flow effortlessly."

"Secrets and Sins is a great look at friendship, love, betrayal, forgiveness, and family!! Over 60 years of secrets come to a head in ways that you'd never expect!! I loved this book, and looking forward to updates on these characters!"

"I was hooked from the first page! Wasn't just the "usual" romance. The characters were "real" and the storyline kept you guessing."


Secrets & Sins is a beautifully constructed novel which will take the reader through a range of emotions as the remarkably well-written plot twists showcase the characters flaws and strengths. My feelings often flip flopped about a character as an eye-opening surprise revealed another layer or motive of the character, and I often thought what would I do in their situation.

The past and present details are seamlessly woven into the story with a richness of language that folded me right into their world. I enjoyed how each character was developed and I am sure many will nod their heads and recognize themselves and others. I so appreciated the realistic situations highlighting the magnetic pull of the family bond against the desire to have their own dreams and desires come true. But at the end of the day it is a marvelous telling about the sweet-and-sour spectrum of a life lived.

Delightful, suspenseful, charming, and soul-satisfying on the many aspects of love – motherly love, fatherly love, sisterly love, and sensual love makes this a stay-up-all-night read. I highly recommend to book clubs as there is much fodder for a lively discussion."